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Solar-power Buyers At Risk Of Being Ripped Off, Says Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne | Phoenix New Times

Solar energy set to replace power companies - Economic Times

5 2014 at 1:29 PM Image: matinee-energy.com Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne warns Arizonans to watch out for unscrupulous solar-power firms. State Attorney General Tom Horne wants Arizonans to be careful of being ripped off by greedy solar-power companies. In an announcement this morning, the state AG accused "some" rooftop-solar companies -- which he didn't name -- of unethical behavior. Horne dumped on solar-lease deals in general, saying buyers need to be careful or they'll end up paying more for their electricity. See also: - Prominent Korean Lawyer Behind Matinee Energy Solar-Power Fraud in Arizona We've got mixed feelings on this one: On one hand, we've been critical of solar power for some of the same reasons Horne notes in his warning, such as the fact that its usefulness is often oversold to the public. Our interest in taking a less-than-promotional look at solar began with our examination of the Matinee Energy scam , a bogus solar-panel firm that claimed it would build one of the state's largest solar plants near Benson. It fled its Tucson office after New Times' investigation, and a lawsuit by its partners is still wending its way through Arizona U.S. District Court. But pumping out releases like this could also be seen as a would-be deflection against the negative media attention Horne has received lately due to his campaign-finance scandals. He's struggling to keep his head afloat for two contested races he may face this year, first against Mark Brnovich in the Republican primary election on August 26, and, if he pulls that off, in the November 4 general election against Felecia Rotellini . After seeing today's release, we recalled a recent prediction by our colleague, New Times writer Stephen Lemons, that Horne would attack Brnovich "from the far right, because Horne has nowhere else to go." Horne's press officer, Stephanie Grisham, e-mailed the release to New Times and other news media this morning.
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Qatar sheds light on its solar-power future - Yahoo News UK

Verifying your credentials... We're experiencing a few technical issues. Try again By submitting you agree to our Terms of Service Your Take contributions have not been reviewed for accuracy by USA TODAY. Contributors agree to our Terms of Service and are responsible for the content of their videos and photos. Please report any content that violates the terms. Let friends in your social network know what you contributed on Your Take Post to Facebook Something went wrong. Try again. This contribution is a part of: Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power http://usat.ly/1pq2x2E CancelSend A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power Jackie DeAngelis, CNBC 7 a.m. EDT June 8, 2014 Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett gestures during an interview on the Fox Business Network in Omaha on May 5. (Photo: Nati Harnik, AP) 201 CONNECT 153 TWEET 19 LINKEDIN 22 COMMENTEMAILMORE The $100 billion solar power industry is gaining a lot of attention both globally and domestically, attracting high-profile investment from Wall Street giants such as Apple, Google and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway.
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horneglummy.JPG "Hydrocarbons are going to be with us for many years, but we need to move towards environmentally-friendly energy sources," he said. The development of solar power has taken off in recent years around the world, but particularly in the Middle East, where a day rarely goes by without long periods of the sun's radiation beating down on the desert sands. Over the past decade, investment in solar energy has skyrocketted, with $5bn spent in 2003 leaping to $93bn today, according to the Solar GCC Alliance . Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, visited the solar-panel factory for Sunday's inauguration. "What impresses me is that it's driven by a visionary view of what we should be doing for the future," Pachauri told Al Jazeera, adding the facility is "beyond state-of-the-art". "Yes, Qatar has extremely high [greenhouse gas] emissions, but I suppose the beginning of a journey starts with the first step. And would commend the fact that they are looking further into the future than most countries are." RELATED: The Gulf's bright solar-powered future Neighbouring Saudi Arabia has announced plans to produce 41 gigawatts of solar energy capacity to fuel its domestic needs by 2032, and has begun building massive solar power plants throughout the country. It is the largest proposed solar target in the world, however, it remains to be seen when production will commence. Fezzami wouldn't provide his company's production estimates, costs, or name potential investors, saying success "depends on the market". "When the demand is there, we'll be ready ... There is nobody else producing 300 megawatts in the region," he said. Qatar Solar Energy board member Kamal Onadjela said 300 megawatts would provide enough energy for 100,000 homes each year in high energy-consuming countries such as Qatar or the US.
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The solar power photovoltaic (PV) market had a record year, adding more than 39 GW in 2013 | REVE

Gujarat also became the first state to announce its own solar power policy in January 2009. There was no looking back after that. Today, Gujarat produces 891 MW of solar power with power-generation facilities in 15 districts. In the next three years, the state aims to boost its solar power generation capacity by 500 MW. The state has also started the first of its kind canal-based 1-MW solar power project. A portion of the Narmada dam's main canal near Kadi in Mehsana district was covered by solar panels for this ambitious project. This innovative idea has many benefits - prevents evaporation of water, limits damage to canals and cuts down on the requirement of land for laying solar panels. The state government is now upgrading the project's capacity to 10 MW. It has also embarked on a new plan to develop Gandhinagar as a 'Solar City'. Most of the government building's roofs are being used to generate solar power.
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Why Buffett, Apple, Google love solar power

AP_BUFETT_MEDIA_64018718 The leaders for solar PV per inhabitant were Germany, Italy, Belgium, Greece, the Czech Republic, and Australia. Asia added 22.7 GW to end 2013 with almost 42 GW of solar PV in operation. China alone accounted for almost one-third of global installations, adding a record 12.9 GW to nearly triple its capacity to approximately 20 GW. Capacity has been added so quickly that grid connectivity and curtailment have become challenges. Much of Chinas capacity is concentrated in sunny western provinces far from load centers and consists of very large-scale projects, making three state-owned utilities the worlds largest solar asset owners. Yet there is increasing interest in smaller-scale distributed PV, and the government aims to shift more focus towards the rooftop market. Japan saw a rush to install capacity in response to its national FIT, adding 6.9 GW in 2013 for a total of 13.6 GW. The majority of Japans capacity is in rooftop installations, and homebuilders are promoting solar homes to differentiate their products. For the first time, however, the non-residential sector represented Japans largest market. Despite the rise of the large-scale market, many more projects were approved than built in the country due to shortages of land, funds, grid access, qualified engineers and construction companies, and Japanese-brand equipment. Elsewhere in Asia, the most significant growth was in India (added 1.1 GW), followed by South Korea (0.4 GW) and Thailand (0.3 GW).
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Solar power: Gujarat showed way with policy in 2009 - The Times of India

President Barack Obama is striving for a 30% cut in US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, a goal that has not found favour in the coal belt. Coal use is declining in the US, the prime reason being the increased use of natural gas. Solar energy will play an increasing role too in the future. Yet, the greatest enemy of coal is not climate change policy but adoption of distributed solar. Scientists keep advancing solar technology, and these advances will keep bringing the prices down. The advances are coming in every conceivable aspect of solar technology. They are giving us 3D solar cells, new high-efficiency cells, better thin-film cells, better manufacturing techniques and so on. Storage technologies are improving too. One day, probably in a decade, artificial photosynthesis could combine generation and storage in one neat trick. Many of the new ideas seem like fantasies at the moment.
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